Childs Desk

Vintage child’s school desk, complete with original ink well and restored after many hours sanding – I think the top was coated in reinforced concrete, they weren’t taking any chances!

Low Bookcase

Vintage oak bookcase. Regular visitors will know I love a bit of oak, the older and more characterful the better, so this was given a vigorous sanding and a light wax. I did paint the back but you can’t really see – probably because I seem to have covered every surface πŸ˜€

Ornate Chair

Victorian chair, painted in charcoal grey and reupholstered in vintage William Morris fabric, there is also a matching nursing chair in the pipeline…

Birdie Chest

Edwardian chest of drawers with bird motif in charcoal grey.Β  We’re back after the Christmas/ New Year break and the production line at the Antiquechic furniture factory is rolling again, so brace yourselves there’s a selection of new furniture coming up πŸ˜€

Bombe Bedsides

A pair of bedside cabinets in slate grey with matching reindeer, festive urns and lamps. If you’re wondering what the heck a festive urn is, that would be one full of bits of fauxΒ  Christmas tree and frosted pine cones of course… you’re welcome πŸ˜‰


Bookcase with wallpapered back and a selection of goodies – and not a reindeer in sight πŸ˜‰

Mirrored Metal Tables

A pair of mirroredΒ  tables, William the ostrich and Buddha seem to approve πŸ˜‰ I thought we’d managed to get one reindeer free picture until I spotted that cheeky one on the left!

Victorian Style Hall Stand

I’ve called this a hall cupboard but don’t let that hold you back, it would look great in a bathroom. A few reindeer have photo bombed the shot, they are obligatory at this time of year πŸ˜€

Black Desk

Petite desk/side table with a selection of wildlife – I love the way the stag got a look in…

Clerks Desk and Chair

Vintage clerk’s desk and chair. I assumed this was Victorian and that the chair was probably a later addition, however after Colin removed a few hundred layers of paint we discovered BR stamped on the back of the desk, maybe British Rail?

Paisley Dressing Chest

Weathered grey/white painted pine dressing chest with paisley design and crystal knobs. Also a few angels – it’s that time again… πŸ˜‰

Alpha Filing

Alphabet filing cabinet, makes sorting your documents so much easier – unless you have a lot of files starting with Y or Z, I couldn’t fit them on πŸ˜€

The Black Chair

We painted this Georgian chair black and reupholstered it with a gorgeous embroidered vintage curtain…just because we can πŸ˜€

Upholstered Coffee Table

Our latest creation – the coffee stool, or do I mean foot table? πŸ˜€ This was rather orange and had a naff wicker top but we loved the shape so much we bought it anyway. After removing the offending top and jumping up and down on it a few times, we came up with the idea of upholstering it instead. We used a faux antique suede fabric and painted the rest in French Linen and waxed it in dark oak.



So much to love here, but it was actually the vintage bench that prompted the photo πŸ˜€

Colour Palette Chest

Painted pine chest of drawers, either a work of creative genius or I had a few pots of paint to finish up – take your pick πŸ˜‰

Weathered Dresser

Weathered wood dresser. I really want to say something witty or informative about this, or better still witty AND informative, but I’m so tired I had to stare at it for five minutes before I could remember what it’s called… πŸ˜€

Mirror Hall Stand

Classic design vintage hall stand; somewhere to put your coats, somewhere to hide away random rubbish and somewhere to rest your weary bones while trying to pull on your wellies – every hall should have one πŸ˜‰

Record Cabinet

Retro record cabinet. This cute little cupboard has handy compartments that I think were designed for records but if you don’t have a record collection, fear not, they would be just as useful for books, magazines, files or dvds – does anybody still have them now, or am I just showing my age? πŸ˜€



Weathered Bureau

This weathered bureau went into the shop window tonight, for once we actually had the presence of mind to take a photo before though as it’s a pain in the proverbial trying to get one after!

Bunny Bird Dressing Chest

The owl and the dressing chest…Vintage mirrored dressing chest painted in charcoal grey with added bunny and bird knobs. It sounds a bit like a poem by Edward Lear πŸ˜€

French Walnut Chest

Vintage French walnut veneered chest. This was in a rather sorry state when we acquired it but, after a lot of TLC, Β just Β look at it now! So glad we were able to save the drawers, they remind me of a Rorschach test πŸ˜€

Geometric Chest of Drawers

Vintage Schreiber chest of drawers. I’ve gone for a bit of a Scandi look with this one with weathered white paintwork and restored drawers. This one is on casters, which always make me happy when I’m changing my mind for the fifth time about where to put something… I’m exaggerating I only moved it three times this evening πŸ˜€

Vintage Oak Drawers

Such a cute vintage chest, it has a metal ‘arm’ on the side to hold towels, scarves or whatever…the oak drawers have been sanded and waxed and the rest was painted in a brown/grey.

Sleek and Feather Sideboard

Sideboard by Youngers updated in charcoal grey paint with stripped and waxed top and feather handles. We’ve got our mojo back and the production line is speeding up a bit… πŸ˜‰

Dressed Blue

Painted pine dresser. I think summer may be officially over, we’re back from our travels, the weather is awful and I’ve been at the trade fair ordering reindeer πŸ˜€ Meanwhile at the factory the sanding, painting and waxing has begun again…

Botanical Telephone Table

Telephone bench/table, painted in charcoal grey and upholstered in a botanical fabric. Designed to look like it came straight out of the 18th century, which is a bit weird – they didn’t have phones. What next reproduction Georgian iPad holders?Β 

Vanity Vanity

I had a ‘what the heck is this?’ moment when I was labelling this πŸ˜€ I think we settled on Arts & Crafts (we’re pretty confident about that) vanity cupboard, but smallest dressing table ever, bedside with delusions of grandeur and pot cupboard with handy mirror were all contenders…

Flock of Birds Dressing Chest

Vintage dressing table in dark grey with added birds, they all seem to be flying west…Is it really embarrassing that I still have to recite ‘naughty elephants squirt water’ to work out what direction I mean? πŸ˜€

Arrow Dresser

Our latest dresser (as the last one didn’t hang around long!) This one is painted in Craig and Rose Authentic Period Colours just for a change, and it’s called Pentland which is a ‘Gentle, shaded umber brown that evokes the oil-painting technique chiaroscuro. Deeply warming in quiet spaces’ apparently. I don’t think I can better that… πŸ˜€

Weathered Trunks

A tower of trunks…These weathered oak chests have just arrived at Antiquechic, they remind me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (obviously) πŸ˜‰ whatever your requirements I’m sure one of them must be ‘just right’… πŸ˜€

Large Ornate Horse

What can I say about this horse that I haven’t already said in previous posts? I’ve quoted Shakespeare, nursery rhymes and talked frankly about my addiction to all things horse related. This bad boy is part of my latest order so if you’re in need of more horses in your life (unlike me) pop down to The Courtyard at No 6 and take a look…

Aztec Desk

We were the last chance saloon for this Victorian piece, either we rescued it or it would have met an untimely end :0 Despite having been unloved for years, it just needed a bit of TLC Β to get it’s mojo back. Now to rehome it… Β πŸ˜€

Rustic Carved Console

Gorgeous carved weathered oak console. This one would definitely have made a permanent detour to chateau Gerry if I had any room Β πŸ˜€

Organ Console

This is a vintage organ bench that we stole from a local church – only kidding – but it is a genuine church organ bench hence the extra height (think pedals). I think you could either use it as a console table or as an occasional bench in a hallway, it’s definitely a talking point wherever you put it. Or, radical idea, you could use it for playing the organ should you have such a thing πŸ˜€

French Bookcase

Vintage French armoire/bookcase with shelves made from a recycled vintage door. We bought this without shelves and decided that rather than just buy some new wood (that would be too easy) we would get an old door and spend hours making it into shelves. Either we are dedicated design geniuses or bonkers, take your pick πŸ˜‰ The cushions and big acorns (and who doesn’t need a big acorn in their life?) are new in from Biggie Best.

Balmoral Nearly Black Desk

Vintage desk painted in nearly black with dark stained drawers and top. There is a central scriver that we have decoupaged with a vintage map of Scotland, more specifically Balmoral and the surrounding area. I have spent quite a lot of time staring at said map as I dried each coat of varnish with a hair dryer (all that lovely weather we’ve been having has meant everything is taking hours to dry!) It’s actually quite interesting, I feel I should visit sometime soon… πŸ˜‰

Cute Dresser

Petite vintage oak pot board style dresser. Β This pretty dresser has been painted in a dark grey and the top has been sanded and waxed, we also added some deer, fox and rabbit knobs, because that’s the way we roll… πŸ˜€

Summer Sale

SUPER SUMMER SALE at the Courtyard. Antiquechic is reducing selected items by 20% – look for the coloured labels. Elsewhere in the shop there are reductions of up to 30% on furniture, garden furniture and other items. If you don’t want to suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out) we’re open Monday to Saturday 10am until 5pm πŸ™‚


New Arrivals

A selection of lovely things available from the shop, but there’s plenty more where that came from πŸ˜‰

Bow Front File Drawers

Bow fronted vintage chest, painted in a grey/green and dark waxed. It has a pull out writing thing (any suggestions for the correct terminology gratefully received) and would make a cool filing cabinet but it would be equally useful in a hallway or lounge, let’s face it if you like it you can do what you like with it πŸ˜€

Pair of Retro Chairs

A pair of vintage Ercol chairs painted in a grey/green colour and upholstered in vintage chinoiserie fabric featuring exotic birds.

Antiquechic July

Some general shots of the shop by my super talented photographer. It would definitely make me want to pay a visit but then I may be biased… πŸ˜‰

Rustic Bedside Cabinets

A pair of grey bedside cabinets. This is my seventh post tonight and I may have consumed some wine, I am also going on holiday tomorrow so in all honesty I have nothing more to say here πŸ˜€

Three Drawer Stenciled Chest

Vintage oak chest. Another transformation from dodgy brown varnish to golden oak, via a few hours heavy sanding. I did try leaving it in the sun for a while, I was hoping it might melt the varnish but no such luck πŸ˜€

Rustic Wall Plate Rack

Charcoal grey painted oak plate rack. Perfect for displaying your pottery although I think it would be a cool way to arrange pictures or photos too…

Cool Tone Chest of Drawers

Vintage grey painted oak chest with colour washed drawers and an ornate gilt mirror. It all looks rather French n’est-ce pas? Although none of it actually is πŸ˜‰

Marble Topped Cabinet

Marble topped antique French buffet. Put it in the shop on Friday, sold it Tuesday and we were delivering it by Wednesday, reminds me of a song by Craig David πŸ˜‰

King of Chairs

Vintage chair. I would love to know the history of this chair, I think the seat may have been made from a packing crate as it has print on the underside, otherwise it has an ethnic look to it which I have accentuated with a ‘chippy’ paint finish and a paisley stencil. We’ll probably never find out but it’s certainly one of a kind!

Into the Blue Chest

Victorian chest of drawers. I painted this in a gorgeous deep teal/blue and added a copper stencil to one of the drawers – I didn’t want to add too much bling, it’s quite an imposing piece of furniture and it wouldn’t be dignified πŸ˜‰

Jug Display Dresser

Painted dresser. This is a bit of an homage to a display I saw in Tetbury last weekend, if you’ve not been I can thoroughly recommend it, an absolutely picture perfect town full of quirky antique shops. Anyway one of them had a dresser (rather more vintage than this one I suspect) with a striking arrangement of identical white jugs, and it just happens I have a selection of jugs so… Obviously being me I had to add a few other bits, I’m rubbish at minimalism πŸ˜€

Two Tone Trestle Table

Just love this picture, sometimes everything comes together and looks exactly how you envisioned it, if not better, and sometimes it does exactly the opposite – oh the joys of retailing πŸ˜€

Bow Front Lowboy

Bow fronted lowboy painted in Annie Sloan French Linen and waxed in dark oak. If you have been paying attention you might notice a resemblance to a tallboy we posted a week or so ago πŸ˜‰ That one sold in a day, however it is one of the mysteries of retail that even if something sells so fast the dust doesn’t have time to settle, that doesn’t mean something similar will do the same, at least it keeps us on our toes πŸ˜€

Paisley Chest

Part painted pine chest with paisley design. I don’t think I can add much to that impressive alliteration really, except to suggest you try repeating it a number of times after a couple of gins πŸ˜€


Hooks, lanterns and frames – we’ve got it all going on in the Courtyard at No 6 πŸ™‚

Ornate Garden Table

Rustic garden table. This is a vintage door on an ornate metal base – I’ve washed the wood with Annie Sloan Graphite which is suitable for outdoor use but left the base in its naturally distressed finish. The design of the base is a bit style over function (it wobbles a little) but who cares cos it looks amazing πŸ˜€

Oak Carved Bookcase

Vintage oak bookcase with carved detail on the sides. I’m not sure what kind of varnish they used back in the day but NASA might like to consider it for the next space shuttle… Anyway after some serious sanding you can now appreciate the detail on the sides of this bookcase, but you’ll have to visit the shop as my photographer was focusing on the decoupaged front πŸ˜€

Retro Two Drawer Filing Cabinet

I want to call this a Victorian/Edwardian filing cabinet but we all know they weren’t big on filing cabinets πŸ˜€ The reality is that this is another piece that has been reinvented a few times before we got it. I’m not sure what it started out as (I suspect this is a part of something originally much bigger) but it sure looks like a filing cabinet now!

Bow Front Tallboy

Vintage bow fronted tallboy. This has been painted in nearly black, French Linen, Β Mid Grey and Paris Grey, then distressed and dark waxed. Then the original handles and escutcheons were antiqued before being reattached – no one could accuse us of not putting the effort in πŸ˜€

Ladies Bureau

Vintage ladies bureau – I’m assuming it’s called a ladies bureau because it is elegant and petite πŸ™‚ This ticks all my boxes, golden oak (after much sanding) great proportions and totally unique – it’s even worth the sunburned back I got working on it! Don’t be like Gerry, wear sunscreen even if you don’t think you’re going to be outside for long…

Foxy Table

Vintage pine table with painted legs and added stars, if you look closely the drawer knob is a fox – for no particular reason, I just happen to like them πŸ˜‰

Glazed Bookcase

Part painted glazed bookcase in nearly black with stencilled doors. Not just for books… πŸ™‚

Cheval Mirror

White cheval mirror. I think my photographer is messing with my mind, it’s a picture of a mirror reflecting a mirror that is reflecting the original mirror – confused? Me too… πŸ˜€

Rustic Coffee Table

Coffee table with weathered wood top and nearly black legs (and what lush legs they are!) What with this and the retro sofa, it’s looking pretty cosy in the shop at the moment – I’ve even provided some reading material – who wants to move in? πŸ˜€

Bunny Cupboard

Painted pine cupboard with bunny knobs! This is a really solid, chunky pine cupboard that I have painted white, with a Scandi style stencil on the doors. Oh and some bunny knobs, everything looks better with bunny knobs IMO πŸ˜‰

Retro Grey Sofa Bed

Vintage sofa bed. This is upholstered in a gorgeous dark grey/almost black velvety fabric with a sort of tropical leaf print embossed on it, it is in amazing condition – I don’t think anyone has even sat on it, let alone slept in it! It also still has all of its original fire labels. I just love it and have been wracking my brains (what is left of them) for somewhere to put it, I definitely need a bigger house…. πŸ˜€

Plan Chest

Georgian plan chest. Well this has been a labour of love and no mistake, we won’t know what to do with ourselves now that it’s finished πŸ˜‰ It always had amazing bones but had definitely seen better days, it was worth all the effort though as it truly is a unique piece. The top drawer is a desk with sliding compartments, the other drawers would originally have been used to store large documents, maps and whatever else Georgians put in plan chests?! but I don’t think it’s the law πŸ˜€

Industrial Rope Mirror

Rustic rope mirror with some of our new Biggie Best cushions as a backdrop. If you look closely you can just spot me pricing them in the corner of the shot πŸ˜€

Tin Tile Wall Hanging

Detail from our tin tile wall decorations, I am totally in love with these and currently plotting how I can sneak some into Chateau Gerry πŸ˜€